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Why the Right is on the march in Nordic countries, and why it isn’t in Scotland.

“If you come to Denmark, you have to work,” says the election poster in Copenhagen, Borgen country, which went to the polls last week. And that is from the centre left Social Democrat party. The Danish Liberals are calling for an “immediate halt” to asylum seekers. It’s not the kind of sentiment you expect from … Continue reading

Cameron isn’t really interested in reform of the EU – just keeping foreigners out.

Europe’s problem is this: what does David Cameron actually want? He has been infuriatingly vague. He has spoken of ending the principle of “ever closer union” enshrined in countless EU treaties, but that’s not going to happen. Or if it is, Britain will be left in a kind of outsider status in Europe, paying contributions … Continue reading

SNP 56 face huge task opposing most right wing Tory government in years.

This is shaping up as the most right-wing Conservative government since 1979 when Margaret Thatcher took over from the ruins of the Callaghan administration. As happened then, Labour has retreated into a period of self-doubt and division and seems eager to turn the clock back to the days of New Labour. This means that Labour … Continue reading

Extinction Level Event for Labour – was this electoral UDI?

The SNP may have led the opinion polls from day one in this campaign, but few of the candidates ever believed that they could win 56 seats out of 59. Indeed, I have difficulty believing it myself, and I counted them all in overnight. It is extremely hard to comprehend just how dramatic a change … Continue reading

Votes haven’t been counted yet, but Labour is already in mourning.

  Spare a thought this weekend for the Labour MP for Glasgow North East, Willie Bain. Opinion polls had suggested that he might be the only Labour MP left in Scotland. It could have made him a shoe-in for Scottish Secretary. Then on Wednesday, disaster struck. A poll from Ipsos Mori suggested that the SNP … Continue reading

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